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Toughest course you've played?


Shark skin shoes
Staff member
Aug 30, 2004
Canada Canada
I was daydreaming just now, reminded me of a statement a friend once made to me about a course just to the south of us about 45 minutes. It's a tought little course with a deep river valley cut through many of the holes.

His quote:

"The next time I ask you to go play Avonlea, just kick me in the stomach and take 8 balls from my golf bag and throw them in the lake. That'll save us a drive."


The master

Oct 24, 2004
Portstewart I played it in brutal conditions and IG told me the wind is usually a lot stronger than it was that day I carded a pathtic 84 if The Master shot that score it must be tough. :ukflag:


The golfer fka ST Champ
Aug 31, 2004
Quite a few years ago I had the chance to play the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island on a business trip. Tough and beautiful. It wasn't made any easier by the amount of alchohol that was consumed that week either. :miz:

King Par

Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
Apr 15, 2007
I like this thread.

The toughest courses I've played are either Orange Lake Golf Course in Florida, or Elkridge in Waskesiu, Saskatchewan, have you ever been there R35?

I know this is an old thread, but it'd be interesting to see more responses out of it.


Well-Known Member
Oct 25, 2006
Ocean Course for me by FAR!!! 7700 on the water with 260+ yard carries into 20 mile an hour winds. Brutal!!


Well-Known Member
Aug 27, 2004
The toughest course I have ever played is The Fighting Joe on the RTJ Trail in Florence, AL.

It recently made The 50 Toughest Courses in the U.S. list on Golf Digest.

GolfDigest.com - America's 50 Toughest Golf Courses (cont.)

2nd toughest would be Harbour Town in Hilton Head.

(Incidentally, Sling's Yale University Course where he and IG played is on this list too...)


Never Say Die
Jul 28, 2005
I was going to say the Ocean Course, and there it is at #1! The wind was coming in hard left to right seemingly the entire middle 9 holes, and then the finishers with the wind weren't exactly a piece of cake. That place is a beast.

And as for sheer length, we played one of those Robert Trent Jones courses from the back tees -- 7550 or something.

I see Yale on the list -- it's not THAT bad, especially when the weather's good. Cold and wet Yale GC is tough though.


Talks a good game
Oct 3, 2005
Toughest 9 is the back 9 at Porthmadog in Wales. I've only played it once on a glorious day, I went out in 39 (+3) and came back in 46 (+11). And I putted pretty well!

The 10th or 11th is a 270 yard par 4 with a fairway like a brazilian wax, the sea on the left and horrendous dunes to the right. My (boring) mate took a wedge from the tee, wedge to the green and two putts. I went for the green...........off in 8 with one putt and no lost balls.

I can't wait to have another go at it later in the year. I 'll need to be about 4 under front nine to play to my handicap!


Retired and loving it
Supporting Member
Jul 2, 2006
Central Wisconsin
United States United States
Black Wolf Run near Sheboygan Wisconsin...........a Pete Dye special. Beautiful but brutal. :real angry:


Well-Known Member
Aug 29, 2006
Easy one for me - Ridgewood Country Club up here in New Jersey.

A Tillinghast design that's hosted several Senior and Amateur championships and the 1935 Ryder Cup, and where Byron Nelson was assistant pro in the 1930s. Both times I've played there I've played the East and West 9s (sadly missing their signature hole - the 'Nickel and Dime' ranked in the Top 500 holes in the world) where the slope from the back tees is 139 and 135 from the middle tees I played from.

The course looks totally innocuous and beautiful - **see the photo gallery here** - but it is an absolute brute to play. Go in the rough and you need strong wrists to get the ball out anything other than sideways, the bunkers are soft and high and require perfect technique to get out of, the slight elevation changes of the greens see you short or long with regularity, and the placement of the hazards is perfect.

The first time I played here I was on a roll, having broken 100 a few weeks before and coming off the back of my best ever score (92) just a week before. I shot 117 and I knew coming off that it was as good a score as I had EVER made!


Well-Known Member
Jul 29, 2006
Without a doubt, the Datai Golf Club in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Mountains, valleys, sea, and JUNGLE !

Hit the ball off the NARROW fairways OR the greens and its a totally no-go area. Dense virgin jungle.

And the course record (including the Pro competitions) is 69!


This is the 15th from the tee. Through a gap in the jungle, over a big tree, and the green is surrounded by dense jungle. No room for error.


Typical scenery.

And... erm... balls are cheap to buy there in Malaysia.
$10 for 25 Titelist.
They need to be cheap! :laugh:


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